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Opinion

  • The little girl regarded the question from the corpulent man in a bright red suit. Her dark, almond eyes were caught somewhere between enamor and fear but dead-on serious. There was no smile, but no tears, either.

  • We understand that during election season issues that have no immediacy will be placed on back burners by legislative bodies, allowing them to remain just warm enough to be alive but not gurgling and bubbling loud enough necessarily to be noticed.

    Members of those bodies campaigning for re-election are sensitive to decisions that may attract controversy, and they don’t want to see these campaigns waylaid by a vote on an item that just as easily could be done in December as August.

  • We must in the sense of fairness today congratulate those who did the work, made the decision and, ultimately, took down the final barriers to open the Shelbyville Bypass.

    We have catcalled, cajoled and even cried a bit these past few years as the bypass construction moved a long at a pace that was both insensitive to local residents and insulting to taxpayers in general,

    But now the road is open, and all is right in the world.

  • We have praised Lee Bean, the minister at Dover Baptist Church, for his efforts to start a men’s homeless shelter in the county. He deserved that praise, and now he deserves a second helping.

    His Open Door of Hope has in one year found a way to move out of a cramped apartment in the downtown Shelbyville corridor into a full home with a yard that is located in an even more appropriate setting.

  • The report last week by the U.S Surgeon General about the even more damaging effects of smoking – that brief exposures to even second-hand smoke can cause immediate and significant problems for your body – should light a fire under discussions in Shelby County about creating a smoking policy for restaurants.

  • Normally a huge manufacturing company’s decision for changes both good and bad would escape the range of our focus.

    But the Ford Motor Company’s announcement Thursday of a huge investment in one of its plants in Louisville, an investment that will add hundreds of jobs to the market, can’t escape our gratitude.

  • Tuesday of this week marked the 69th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Indeed, Dec. 7, 1941 has become, just as President Roosevelt proclaimed, “a date which will live in infamy.” Other dates and events are embedded into the fabric of our country as well: July 4, 1776. Nov. 22, 1963 (when JFK was assassinated). Jan. 28, 1986 (the day the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded). Sept. 11,2001.

  • The reasons why we serve are as varied and diverse as the American men and women who wear our nation’s uniforms.

    There are those who serve for personal pride and a yearning to give back to their community and to stand against those that threaten their home. Others serve for the tangible benefits of an education and financial stability.

  • Many of you probably are wondering, perhaps in perplexity or blissful ignorance, about why it is such a big deal that the gym and basketball court at Shelby County High School have been named in honor of iconic athletic star Mike Casey.

    Many of you – dare I say most? – weren’t around Shelby County nearly 50 years ago, when Casey was establishing himself as a humble hero for the masses of boys and girls and the young and old who flocked to see him play.

  •  There continues to be a very public and acrimonious spat between the management of Shelby Energy and some of its customers.

  • After months of decision-making and planning, the Shelby County School Board got it right with the way it handled the dedication of the new Mike Casey Gymnasium.

    Such events are christenings, bottle-breaking sorts of affairs. Often the dignitaries are unfamiliar to those attending and thus unimportant in the scheme of things.

  • To our newly elected leaders:

    Congratulations on assuming your new responsibilities of working for one of the most important bosses of your life: your neighbors.

  • We have seen in recent weeks some small streaks of light shining through what has been recently a troubling veneer of opacity generated by Shelby Energy Cooperative.

    We have listened and watched during these past months as members of the cooperative have raised a lengthy list of questions that sometimes have gone unanswered, sometimes drawn incomplete responses and, in almost every occasion, taken long periods of time to receive.

  • We think it’s a wonderful thing that the folks at Centenary United Methodist Church want to do for Duanne Puckett – again.

    They are raising money to buy her a new van, and we don’t think anyone deserves the assistance more than Ms. Puckett, because in her story is inspiration for all of us.

  • We were glad to see that real estate professionals Larry Rogers and Donald Hamilton have stepped forward to purchase at foreclosure the former Bluegrass Bowling Center.

    We’re pleased that this valuable piece of property is in the hands of men who have been dedicated to the development of Shelby County.

    But they – and all of us – need your help.

  • One of my favorite movies is the 1969 Western comedy, Support Your Local Sheriff, starring James Garner (as a wise-cracking, quick-drawing sheriff), Harry Morgan, Walter Brennan and Jack Elam (in a show-stealing role as a stable-hand turned deputy).

  • Asked to write a composition entitled, "What I'm thankful for on Thanksgiving," 7-year-old Timmy wrote, "I’m thankful that I’m not a turkey!"

    Maybe this Thanksgiving you feel like that little boy – that the only thing you can think of for which to be thankful is that you’re not a turkey. Perhaps your life isn’t going like you had hoped it would.

  • We were surprised to learn last week – as were members of the Shelbyville City Council, apparently – that the Shelbyville Police Department had decided to do the right thing: eliminate target practice from its shooting range off Kentucky Street.

    This range became an issue in October 2009 because of concerns raised by a former sergeant about officers’ firing live ammunition in the vicinity – a few hundred yards – of two elementary schools and aimed in the direction of one of th

  •  There is something unique and almost mystical about the transformation this week of places we clutch to our bosoms for their warmth, comfort and familiarity.

    Maybe it’s our home or the place where our parents live or have lived. Maybe it’s a sibling’s apartment, a friend’s condo or the old maple dining table at your grandparents’ house.

  • The suggestions have been arriving for weeks now, and we think it’s time for action.

    The topic is the new intersection at U.S. 60 and KY 55 that was designed and constructed to accommodate its connection with Freedom’s Way, Shelbyville’s new bypass.